Death toll likely to rise from northwest heat wave

Death toll likely to rise from northwest heat wave

Seattle: More deaths are being added every day from the heat wave that hit the Pacific Northwest last week, with medical workers treating people overwhelmed by temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius), said the toll from extreme weather. Will continue crawling.
Hundreds of heat-related deaths were being investigated in Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia. The dangerous heat started on June 25 and started decreasing in some areas only on Tuesday.
The death toll in Oregon alone has reached at least 95, the state medical examiner said Friday, mostly in Multnomah County, which includes Portland. The deaths included a Guatemalan immigrant who collapsed while working at a plant nursery in a rural Oregon town during a hot summer.
In Canada, British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa LaPointe, said her office received reports of at least 486 “sudden and unexpected deaths” between June 25 and Wednesday. In general, she said about 165 people would die in the province over a five-day period. She said it was too early to confirm how many of the deaths were related to the heat, but it was likely behind most of them.
Washington state officials have linked nearly 30 deaths to the heat, with more reports coming in each day this week.
“I think, over time, we’ll understand that the numbers are only going to climb,” said Dr. Steve Mitchell, director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harborview Medical Center. Seattle. “I know, in my experience, I expect to see a much larger number than what I am currently able to report because of talking to EMS colleagues who are experiencing twice as many calls for help that day. Were.” The Washington State Department of Health said Thursday that 1,792 emergency room visits had been made for suspected heat-related illness since June 25. Of those visits, 21 percent required hospitalization.
The health department said the most emergency room visits occurred on Monday, with 702. It was the hottest day of a heat wave in many regions, with Seattle, Portland, Oregon and other cities breaking all-time heat records. It reached 108 F (42 C) in Seattle and 116 F (47) in Oregon’s largest city.
“With this latest summer emergency, as we were dealing with it, the only thing comparable in Harborview and that area that we have experienced recently were really the early days of COVID,” Mitchell said.
Forecasters blamed the “heat dome” for rising temperatures by more than 30 degrees above normal, which created a strong high pressure system in the region. Temperatures cooled significantly in western Washington and Oregon as of Tuesday, although heat warnings were still in effect for parts of the Interior Northwest and Canada.
Experts say warmer weather is a harbinger of things to come as climate change affects global weather patterns.
The extraordinary heat wave spread to the upper reaches of California, where hot, dry conditions sparked many wildfires, making it difficult for firefighters to try to put out the flames, which forced thousands of people from their homes in mountainous communities. was driven away and many houses were burnt.

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